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Detroit Pistons Pre-Draft Workouts Put Emphasis on Backcourt

June 8th, 2013 at 9:32 AM
By Phil Fattore

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With two picks in the second round of the 2013 NBA Draft (no. 38 and no. 56), the Detroit Pistons have been working out players that could fit the second-round mold. There have been workout days set aside for point guard prospects (Peyton Siva, Elijah Johnson), as well as days set up for Detroit area locals (Doug Anderson of UDM). The Pistons have now released a list of all the players the team has worked out so far, and going through the list gives a hint as to who the Pistons might be considering on the June 27th draft night.

Mlive posted the list recently: 

Doug Anderson, 6-6, 212, SF, Detroit Mercy
Peyton Siva, 5-11, 170, PG, Louisville
Brandon Triche, 6-4, 210, SG, Syracuse
Elijah Johnson, 6-4, 195, SG, Kansas
Vander Blue, 6-4, 200, SG, Marquette
Will Clyburn, 6-7, 210, SG, Iowa State
Brandon Paul, 6-4, 200, SG, Illinois
Korie Lucious, 5-11, 170, PG, Iowa State
Jackie Carmichael, 6-9, 240, PF, Illinois State
Tony Snell, 6-7, 195, SF, New Mexico
Erik Murphy, 6-9, 235, PF, Florida
Erick Green, 6-3, 190, PG/SG, Virginia Tech
Brandon Davies, 6-9, 240, PF, Brigham Young
Mike Muscala, 6-11, 245, PF/C, Bucknell
Kenny Kadji, 6-10, 240, PF, Miami
Khalif Wyatt, 6-4, 210, SG, Temple

Of the 16 players listed, 10 players (Doug Anderson included) could fill a backcourt role for the Pistons– a spot of need for the team. There have been mock draft rumors linking the Pistons to point guard Michael Carter-Williams and shooting guard C.J. McCullom for the eighth pick, but taking a guard in the second round might be a better option in a draft that's not expected to have worthy "Top Ten" guard talent when the eighth pick is due. A solid contributor could be found with the Pistons' two second-round picks. Remember, Kyler Singler and Khris Middleton were both second-round picks, and both players were solid contributors for the Pistons last season.

Looking ahead to upcoming workouts, the Pistons have reportedly scheduled a workout with Detroit Mercy point guard Ray McCallum, though no date has been leaked yet. If the Pistons wanted to get a point guard in the second round, McCallum would be a good pick at no. 56.

For the first round selection, the Pistons are reportedly very interested in Michigan point guard Trey Burke, if he's available when the time comes. While Burke has been busy working out for teams picking in the top five, a recent mock draft had Burke falling out of the top five and going to the Sacramento Kings at number seven. It's unlikely that Burke falls that far, but as there's a chance of him being available at eight for the Pistons, a workout with Burke closer to draft day wouldn't be shocking.

As the June 27th draft day nears the list of "players worked out" will grow. Hopefully, the growing list will also develop into solid draft picks.

Tags: 2013 NBA Draft, Basketball, Detroit, Detroit Pistons, NBA, NBA Draft, Trey Burke

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